Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Six Fires of Arden

Tá Peórrían Dhíasha
The Six Fires

In the Realm of Arden, there are Five Elemental Points: Uran (air), Erde (earth), Ilùvi (fire), Luth (water) and Uísara Uír (Concordant Summit). The elves cling to ‘thirteen pinnacles’ of nature, which include the five elements, four winds and four seasons. The third elemental point of ‘ilùvi’ was once dominant with the power of Uran. It was the ‘Elemental Point of dTreácach’ (DREE-kach) as mentioned in the Book of the Morning; Concerning the Lands of Afar. It was never mentioned as the ‘Elemental Point of Ilùvi’ until the volumes of Historia Ardóna were archived at Eíorra, the Emerald Isle. The various authors of the books, probably the Warriors of Srí, recorded history as endowed by the breath of Síorde and Krav.

The only ‘elemental point’ to experience so much ruin and division was Fire. To the elves mainly, fire came as many forms. They saw in nature how different fire worked. Knowing that Shekìnya endowed them with the Blue Fire, the elves studied the other fires as well. They all knew that fire was important to the world they lived in. They knew that even though the other ‘elemental points’ exhibited various forms like air as a vacuum (etc), earth as dust, molten (etc), water as ice (etc), fire intrigued them the most. Perhaps it was the fire of their spirits that in them to learn more about it. They were the first born in Arden, and they knew that men would be endowed with the lesser of fires. They believed it was their duty to mentor men on the greater fire. Historically in Arden, it was shown by the elves how they helped men embrace the greater fires. Not until Daulky Kinkayle did the re-emergence of the White Fire of the Pre-Historic Era return.

In this Blog, there is a list of the six fires the elves of Eásceáinn studied and taught to the Men in the West during the various eras of Arden. In the Sixth Era, the Black Fire was wielded by King Ilùviuks, the ‘fire’ that all the elves feared most. It is possible that the elves withdrew from men with their knowledge of the fire before the Sixth Era.

Threáichá (The White Fire)
Ardónic: Thr[ai]ss
Cáterneásh: dTreácach
Weálsh: Trekka
Rhuín (Eírran): dTálleór (dTaíalleórra)

In the Book of the Morning, the translations found in the Creation Accounts use the word combination ‘threáichá shínna’ as the ‘fire of life.’ Shekìnya uses this ‘imperishable fire’ to create the sun or ‘srías.’ In the accounts of the ‘one without,’ the one who witnessed all of creation being born, he states that he felt a ‘passion to life and journey.’ Often times, the White Fire is described as the purest form of fire, igniting the soul and spirit to life. The White Fire has been described as the ‘journeyman’s fire’ by the elves. It is the hottest form of fire in the Realm of Arden. When the purity of water was tested in the ‘account of Lankìnya,’ the elemental point became destructive. There are a few names associated with this fire: Treígcaóain and Treáchaóainn; Treíkayan in the West. In the Sixth Era, there was prophecy regarding a man, bearing the ‘white fire’ of the sun (the first to be born with it since the High Times). He was rightly named Treíkayan, but myth states he was swept into the Stage Layers around Arden. Threáichá best translates to the English word ‘fervency.’ Because the White Fire is the purest and holiest fire in the Realm of Arden, this was the fire that guided the peoples of Arden during the Pre-Historic Era, or the High Times. Not until the compromising of the ‘white fire’ with Lankìnya were the heavens divided. Then the ‘holy fire’ became the ‘perishable fire’ or ‘ilùvi.’ When the ‘white fire’ diminished so did the dhrígócadhí or ‘dew firmament’ around Arden which lighted every bit of King Exiv’s kingdom. This ‘dew firmament’ was created by the power of Srías and the heavens, making light with no shadows.

Aódhá (The Blue Fire)
Ardónic: D[o]be
Cátern: Áiedó
Weálsh: Athos
Rhuín (Eírran): Debhó (dTuíbhó)

The Blue Fire is the next hottest fire in Arden. It is mentioned in the Book of the Morning as well. This is also known as the ‘refiner’s fire.’ It symbolizes purity and cleansing. Forgiveness and the wakening of the spirit are associated with this fire. In contrast, in its worst form, it represents eternal death. The usage of this fire appears in the ‘Lost Account of Lankìnya,’ when Meádasha tells the Light that she divided the elemental point of fire. The translation is used according to her judgement and need for forgiveness. The literal translation of ‘elemental point of fire’ in this case is ‘Thrach nÁeidón.’ It is different from the first description in the creation accounts. Here the change of ‘fire’ implements a judgment upon the Realm of Arden, rather than the former fire of passion for life. The same text appears in the ‘Account of Mharabháunt.’ ‘(sic) See it in the heavens, for they proclaim the disruption to the balance in nature…remember the words of Shekìnya for he would bring hope [cárros-tírnach] to those who seek the ‘fire of life’ [hÁodhá shínna]. There is a contradiction here if you compare the creation accounts to the ‘Account of Mharabháunt’ literally. They use two different translations for fire. It is possible that Shekìnya also gave the Blue Fire to the elves at ‘Aimhá,’ the place of their awakening, for their spirits were pure and like a ‘cleansing water’ surrounding the isle.

Elbáin (The Orange Fire)
Ardónic: Alb[a]
Cáterneásh: Elbhái
Weálsh: Elva
Rhuín (Eírran): Aíellabh (Áillobh)

The Orange Fire is the ‘fire’ of love and ‘friendship between man and woman.’ It is also the fire of ‘friendship’ and ‘brotherly love.’ It was first used when King Exiv united to his wife, Queen Saa-Skauty. In this demonstration, the two Archive united the sun with the heavens. This fire is also associated with the Children of the Morning, those who were bonded to King Exiv in the beginning. The union of Albannaidh of Ely, the elf-maiden and Lómair of Gáelceárth, the mortal man was symbolic of the Orange Fire. The popular eastern, elfiness name, Elvíenya, comes from this Orange Fire. Any association with a man loving his wife or man loving his brother is an example of Orange Fire. When Ollen rescued Queen Saa-Skauty, Ollen states that a new ‘elemental point of fire was discovered.’ The words ‘Thrach nElbhí’ represent this.

Peórrí (The Yellow Fire)
Ardónic: F[eo]r
Cáterneásh: Pheórra
Weálsh: Porros

Rhuín (Eírran): Phasicáil (Passicím)

This is also known as the ‘visible fire,’ and the fire of man’s heart. Courage and strength come from this fire and it is seen in nature as a ‘warm fire’ and ‘kindling fire.’ It is the fire of fellowship and hope. Songs of joy, laughter and stories are associated with the fire. It is the flame of inspiration and happiness. The Yellow fire became a symbol of restoration during the Seventh Era. When all hope seemed lost with the ruin of Cátern, Cóanir the Wonder lead the lands of elves back to freedom and peace with the power of the White Fire. Here, the Yellow Fire was seen as a beginning to renew, back to the Fire, which was still very much in the world ‘imperishable,’ and that is the White Fire. ‘Though there be shadows, the Light will flourish,’ became a renowned litany amongst the peoples of Arden. Its importance was associated with the Yellow Fire of courage and hope to the peoples of the East. The translation of ‘Light’ in the litany is ‘stoír pheórra,’ which if one looks closely, it relates to ‘fiery star.’ In this case, the ‘fiery star’ is the Sun and the Dew Firmament it produced in the High Times. The famous name of ‘Mellapheór’ (fire of man) was popularized during the Third Era with Ollain Mellapheór, whose legend was that the power of the ‘yellow fire’ made him the strongest of the Archive in the Realm of Arden. The name is also seen as a surname to those who fellowshipped with Ollain during those times like King Shuiewa. Legend also has it that the King himself first penned the current word for ‘fire’ or ‘flame’ as in a force of nature in the writings of Historia Ardóna. The world of men, during the Third Era, soon clinged to Ollain for guidance in this fire.

Cairroth or Cáiron (The Red Fire)
Ardónic: R[ui]den
Cáterneásh: Cáiaron
Weálsh: Kern
Rhuín (Eírran): Rhuírg (Ruírrig)

The concupiscent fire. The fire of lust, vengeance and anger. The Red Fire is the most dangerous, because it borderlines on hope (yellow) and despair (black). When the ‘Light of King Exiv’ was gone, the only mention of the Red Fire being a sign of hope was when the world was dark and unlighted from the heavens. When the Omnivivacious Light and the Penúra, the glow of the heavens from the Dew Fermanent and the elf Queen Áal-go-Nhuách, faded and darkened, Men and Elves looked for a glimmer of hope in the ‘dawning of a new day.’ They were in essence looking for the Red Fire, a symbol to restoration. Princess Iluíra, the Queen of Desire, dominated the Red Fire later despite the fact the Red Fire was looked upon with hope. Because of her beauty and desire, she wedged a division in the Red Fire, lingering on hope or despair. The Winged Prophet, who appeared at the later term of the High Times put a curse on all those who had Red Hair. It is possible after this that the Red Fire represented lust, covetousness and concupiscence. The Winged Prophet said this: ‘since you find it befitting to mock my proposal, your sisterhood will not survive this catastrophe. Cursed to all of them, who have red hair.’ This curse was probably a doom to the Red Fire and those who embrace it. Princess Iluíra embraced this Red Fire to enrapture and inveigle the heart of Jax. After returning to the land of elves, she went into legend, seeking solitude in the Oracle Mountains of the East for millennia upon millennia. Legend has it that she repented and bore two more children, probably twins (all her offspring previously were twins: Óurias/Láil, Daídha/Mishfa, Shadlíer/?). As a result, we have the lineage of King Shadlíer the Skor and King Ilùviuks. The last King of Cátern was Shadlíer, the last tower, and being bound to secrecy, the King never really communicated to his brethren the importance of his mother. It was only noted that she ‘belonged to Clan of Red Hair.’ Historically, the only mention of a Red Clan was in the First Era when the dawning of the sun came. Not since then was there one born with Red Hair.

Ilúbhí or Ilúfa (The Black Fire)
Ardónic: All[a]b
Cáterneásh: Ilufa
Weálsh: Ilùvi
Rhuín (Eírran): eAlláibh (eÓlláibh)

The ‘perishable’ or ‘perishing’ fire. This fire is the polar opposite to the White Fire, and in the Sixth Era, when the ‘dark fire’ dominated life, those who were enamored by the power of the fires of ‘hell’ did not want the return and unveiling of the White Fire ever again. Lead by the tyrant King Ilùviuks, they banned together and annihilated Thoris Port where they believed that ‘water’ would revive the purest form of fire. History shows that this was futile with the birth of Treíkayan and the visions of Daulky Kinkayle. The word Ilúfa was first seen in the Book of the Morning with the prophecy of King Shafhalóa, first king of Cátern. In the famous translation of the ‘prophecy of fire,’ King Shafhalóa states, ‘(sic) And, when you endure the crucible of fire, do not lose hope.’ The word combination that makes the ‘crucible of fire’ is ‘Nheíthra hIúbháin’ or ‘hIlúfain.’ It is unusual that the word, ‘ilufa’ was first used with the word, ‘to purify’ or ‘to refine in a crucible’ (the word ‘nheíthra’) with the dark word of ‘ilufa’ or ‘ilubhí,’ the ‘perishing fire.’ Scholars quickly associated the word ‘ilùvi’ with a stifling and destructive fire of shadow and despair. It became the term to describe the elemental point. And, it was the dominant term used when describing the ‘elemental points’ of Arden after the High Times (mainly when the Xandràxan was released and the sorcery of Lankìnya). When King Exiv expelled Kuírbha into darkness, Kuírbha used this ‘black fire’ to choke the hearts of man with death and despair. In the Sixth Era, King Ilùviuks, who was rightly named the ‘cloak of the dark fire’, wielded the ‘fire of the dark cloak.’ Many who lived during this time said that fear became incarnate with the power of the ‘dark fire.’ All of the peoples of Arden feared for their lives and despaired. King Shadlíer, the last King of Cátern, records in the Skoran Journals ‘the fire of life and prosperity is now quickly choked by the cloak of his evil fire…all life is now threatened by the perishable fire of despair…it has become as doom to life…it has fallen as a shadow over our hearts…how I curse the day of my offspring who bears the dark fire of despair…where is the fire of fervency?'

In Conclusion:

The fires in Arden have been long known by the elves in Eáshceáinn and Pendrath, the Eastern Realms. The elves, especially those in the Warriors of Srí taught the inhabitants of Arden to seek the white fire, the purest form. What is life without the white fire, the fire of the spirit? Though the true teachings of the white fire were lost during the Black Sleep, the Warriors of Srí in Conería still have the secret knowledge of this fire. Over the years though, even they forgot, and the mark of the Uísara Uír was lost on them. The connection of the White Fire and the Concordant Summit was forgotten. In the Sixth Era, Daulky Kinkayle remined the Warriors of Srí in Conería about the white fire and the fire of the spirit, where communion with the Concordant Summit is possible.

When Daulky Kinkayle sought out the Warriors of Srí in Conería, he disclosed his messages regarding the ‘forked tree’ of eternal life. This message revived the former knowledge of the ‘white fire,’ which had been forgotten (even by the Warriors of Srí).

Even later, two other notable people of Arden completed the prophecies of the White Fire, taught by the Great Prophet. They were Cóanir Bhuállainha and Treíkayan...


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